Our mini facelift surgeries are performed without general anesthesia, which not only makes the procedure safer, but also helps make the procedure and recovery more comfortable.
Mini Facelift refers to a category of surgical procedures and techniques that restore the jawline with less downtime and a shorter scar line than a facelift. A mini facelift will help restore muscle, fat, and skin to a more youthful, lifted position for natural-looking rejuvenation that lasts.
- 1 Symptoms and Concerns
- 2 Techniques & Treatment Options
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Mini Facelift Without General Anesthesia
- 5 Consultation Process
- 6 Results and Expected Longevity
- 7 Risks & Side Effects
- 8 Scars
- 9 Meet Dr. Mark Karolak
- 10 How to Prepare for Your Mini Facelift Procedure
- 11 Post-Operative Care & Recovery
- 12 Cost & Financing Options
- 13 Mini Facelift in a Private Surgical Suite
Symptoms and Concerns
Shifts in the fat deposits and weakening of muscle support in the lower cheek create a landslide of effects in the face, including deeper marionette lines (smile lines), jowls and sagging skin along the jawline. This is why simply tightening the skin, whether through non-invasive skin tightening or a “skin pull” procedure, does not resolve the issue.
“Dr Karolak is a very warm and caring doctor. He specializes in faces, so I felt very confident in his surgical abilities. He spends a lot of time explaining a procedure and answering all of your questions.”
— mls711 on RealSelf.com
Techniques & Treatment Options
S Lift – Short-Scar Facelift
The S Lift, or short-scar facelift, is named for the shape of the incision, or suture line. In this procedure, a smaller incision line follows the hairline from the temple down and around the ear lobe. Following this natural skin crease allows the scar line to camouflage perfectly into the hairline along a naturally-occurring crease. Scars that follow natural skin folds like this are the least detectable and heal the most discreetly. The S Lift restores skin, fat, and muscle to create a tighter, more defined jawline and lower cheek.
The J Lift uses an even shorter incision than the S lift, starting just in front of the ear and tracing down around the ear lobe. The J Lift restores a natural contour along the jawline.
The Mini SMAS Lift or Deep Plane Mini Lift
A Mini SMAS Lift addresses jawline laxity by tightening the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS), which is a system of tissues between the skin and deeper musculature. This typically provides a shorter recovery than facelift, and is appropriate for patients with mild to moderate laxity who are seeking early surgical intervention (typically 45 and younger).
The MACS Lift
The MACS Lift stands for “Minimal Access Cranial Suspension.” This type of mini facelift involves the use of a small incision in front of the ear to allow for tightening of the SMAS (the system of tissues between the skin and deeper muscles), to create a smoother, tighter jawline. This procedure focuses on the underlying tissues which support the skin, and is ideal for a patient with minimal skin laxity, but noticeable drooping in the jowls.
What about Non-Invasive and Minimally Invasive Alternatives to the Mini Facelift?
Non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments can address aging skin and volume loss, but do not adequately address muscle laxity. Facial plastic surgery is indicated when underlying fat and muscle have shifted and muscle tone has diminished.
Each person ages differently. Our surgeons specialize in Facial microVector Analysis™, which evaluates the root causes of your pattern of aging, as well as identifying the proper treatments to restore a naturally youthful appearance. This detail-oriented approach ensures you get matched with the right treatments and procedures to address your unique pattern of aging.
The Imposters – Procedures That Are Masquerading as a Mini Facelift
That’s why Reflections offers so many treatment options – we want to make sure we can offer each patient the perfect treatment for their needs and wants, whether that’s surgical or nonsurgical options
There are a lot of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures which provide great results for restoring the mid-face, but these procedures are never going to provide the same results that a mini facelift would. The Y-Lift (a branded Liquid Facelift), Silhouette InstaLift (a new type of threadlift), Liquid Facelift, and Uplift by Ultherapy are not mini facelifts. While they are the right choice for certain patients, they cannot provide the deep structural tightening a mini facelift would. It’s all about matching the right patient with the right procedure. Your consultation will include a discussion of all of the appropriate treatment options for your goals.
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A Mini Facelift is ideal for a patient who is just beginning to notice age-related changes along the jawline) or has previously had a facelift and is starting to notice jowls reappearing several years later. Many young patients will opt for a mini facelift, which is more discreet and less of a transformative makeover than a facelift procedure. This allows our young patients to keep an under-the-radar approach to anti-aging.
Mini Facelift Without General Anesthesia
Our patients love that they don’t have to sacrifice comfort or safety to experience the amazing rejuvenation of a Mini Facelift at Reflections. Our Mini Facelift procedures are performed under Comfort Calm Local Anesthesia™ in our private state-of-the-art surgical suite. That’s right, we offer a mini facelift experience completely free of general anethesia’s risks and added costs.
During the consultation, Dr. Karolak will perform a Facial microVector Analysis, which details which layers of the face have changed with age, and how to best restore those layers. He will then recommend the best treatment options for your goals, selecting from a wide range of cosmetic surgeries, as well as non-surgical treatments.
Your Mini Facelift journey starts with a consultation with Dr. Mark Karolak, a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation surgeries.
If you decide a Mini Facelift is the treatment option for you, the next step in the process will be to schedule, plan, and prepare for your surgery. Some patients, dependent upon their medical history, will be asked to undergo a surgical clearance examination with their primary care physician to ensure they are healthy enough for surgery.
Results and Expected Longevity
Your consultation will also include an in-depth discussion of what realistic expectations you can set for the results of the surgery. Each patient’s surgical procedure is tailored to provide the best and most natural results for their anatomy, and so we feel it’s important to talk about exactly what you can expect to see and feel after your procedure.
“How long will my results from a mini facelift last?”
The truth is, you will always look better than if you had not had a mini facelift. So in that respect, the effects of a mini facelift are permanent. However, no one can stop the aging process. So over time, your face will age, and you may find you want to consider additional non-surgical or surgical procedures as part of your ongoing anti-aging plan.
If you are wondering how long it will be before you want to undergo another procedure, there are some factors that tend to lend themselves to a longer-lasting result in that respect. The healthier and younger a patient is, the longer they tend to go between surgical procedures.
Many times, non-surgical procedures can serve as a form of preventative maintenance that can lengthen the time between cosmetic surgeries.
Risks & Side Effects
With a mini facelift procedure, swelling tends to moderate to mild, and bruising is usually limited to a few inches around the incision lines (near the ears and neck). Patients can help minimize swelling and bruising after a mini facelift by following the instructions detailed in our post-operative care and recovery section below.
Mini Facelifts, when performed correctly by a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon, very rarely have long-lasting complications. However, all patients who undergo a cosmetic surgery should be prepared for some swelling and bruising.
There are risks of complication with a mini facelift, some of which include bleeding, infection, scar, nerve injury, and skin necrosis. Serious complications with long-lasting effects are very rare for mini facelift procedures. Dr. Karolak is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in mini facelift procedures, and takes steps to proactively minimize risks of complication. Your particular risks, and the actions you can take to minimize those risks, will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
We take the health and safety of our patients very seriously, and that has led to us to maintain an excellent record of safe procedures which produce natural-looking results.
Patients are often concerned with the scars they might have after a cosmetic procedure, so we try to be as transparent as possible when talking about how scars heal, how long they take to heal, and how noticeable they are after they’ve healed. First, it’s important to note that we all tend to think of bad facelift scars when we think of facelift scars, because with a good result, the scars aren’t visible or noticeable to others.
The mini facelift scars take advantage of the natural folds of the skin around the ear and hairline, providing the incisions with natural camouflage.
Meet Dr. Mark Karolak
Dr. Mark Karolak is a board certified facial plastic surgeon who has spent over 11 years, the entirety of his plastic surgery career, focusing on rejuvenating cosmetic surgeries of the face and neck. With the experience of over 5,000 face and neck rejuvenation surgeries, Dr. Karolak has perfected his technique to provide extremely natural-looking results. His focus is on enhancing and preserving the individual’s unique features, while restoring a youthful look that lasts.
How to Prepare for Your Mini Facelift Procedure
There are several things you can do to help prepare yourself for your mini facelift, and to ensure your recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
Dr. Karolak always recommends patients stop vitamin e, fish oil, and any blood thinners 2 weeks prior to surgery. If you’re on a prescribed aspirin regimen or prescription blood thinner, we will help you plan your care with your primary care physician, to ensure the procedure is safe for you, and that your recovery is as easy as possible.
Do not stop taking your prescribed medications without speaking to a physician first.We also recommend patients take arnica tablets to help reduce bruising. Arnica has been used for hundreds of years to help reduce inflammation and aid in the healing process. Arnica tablets can have some side effects, so we do not recommend you take arnica tablets unless under the direct supervision of a physician. However, we carefully monitor my patients while using this supplement, and find it can speed recovery, especially for those prone to bruising.
Post-Operative Care & Recovery
Dr. Karolak provides customized care instructions and recovery timelines for each patient. However, in general, you should expect to take 5-7 days off of work following your mini facelift. Depending on the techniques used, your bandages will come off on either day 2 or 3 after surgery. Most patients will feel “restaurant ready” at 3-5 days post-procedure. Some patients, like the RealHousewives star, Dolores Catania (center in the photo at right), will feel comfortable at red carpet events in just 2-3 days after surgery.
Patients are prescribed medication to ensure they are comfortable during the first few days after surgery. Most patients only take medication for 1-2 days following surgery, and feel comfortable without medication by day 3. Strenuous workouts or other intense physical activity can be resumed 14 days after the procedure.
Want to see exactly what you should expect for the first few days after your procedure? We offer our patients access to a private gallery of healing timeline photos in our office. This way, you’ll be prepared, rather than worried. Many patients tell us had they known how easy cosmetic surgery would be, they would have done it years ago.
Cost & Financing Options
The price of most cosmetic procedures can vary widely, but are usually based upon the skill of the surgeon and geographic region of the office. Our offices are based in New Jersey, and our pricing is competitive for the region. However, Dr. Karolak is one of the most specialized surgeons in the nation, and his level of skill and expertise sets him apart from other surgeons in the region. The cost of a mini facelift in our New Jersey offices usually ranges between $7,000 – $8,000. This price reflects the level of care and precision in Dr. Karolak’s work, and is a great value for the long-lasting and natural-looking results he provides.
Pricing includes all anesthesia and operating room fees, as well as pre and post-operative care. An individualized price quote is provided during consultation with Dr. Karolak.
Our office provides several financing options, including Prosper Credit and Care credit, as well as traditional credit cards. Click here to learn more about Financing Options.
Mini Facelift in a Private Surgical Suite
Reflections is proud to offer our patients exceptional one-on-one care in a private surgical suite. Having your mini facelift in a private surgical suite ensures a comfortable and relaxing surgery experience. This also allows our staff to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite was designed to provide the utmost safety and comfort for our patients.
You will enjoy private pre-operative and post-operative rooms, complete with a luxurious ensuite bathroom, and a private exit to allow for the most comfortable and relaxing experience possible. Throughout the experience, patients have the ability to select the music playing, and/or watch TV. Many of our patients do fall asleep due to the relaxing nature of the experience, but those patients who do not sleep still find the experience to be relaxing and enjoyable. In fact, they’ve even said it was more like a day at the spa than a surgery.